By: Ashley Harding
A new bill would make it easier for businesses to open their doors when people have nowhere to go during severe weather.
When the alarms sound and severe weather strikes, most people have an escape destination already picked out. But for some of those living in mobile home parks, that may not always be the case. Diane Radniecki knows what that fear is like.
"If we don't have some protection in place, I do worry about that one time that things go wrong," said Radniecki.
You may remember, the Pfizer plant on Cornhusker Highway had once been open to these residents who live nearby, but shut its doors. Officials say it's because the company was concerned about being sued if something happened on their property. Under a bill introduced by state Senator Ken Haar, this wouldn't happen. Businesses, like Pfizer, would be protected from any and all liability.
"Somebody falls down the stairs, someone from the trailer court came in and tripped on a rug and hurt themselves. So many things could happen," said Sen. Haar.
Officials say about half of all severe weather fatalities happen in mobile homes. That's why Senator Haar hopes to one day see safe rooms available in every park.
"The best protection here would be to have a safe room in each trailer park where the residents could go," said Senator Haar.
The bill applies not only to businesses, but also to people who open their homes during severe weather.